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Inheritance Scam: Detection Questions You Should Ask!

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The so-called “Inheritance Scam” is resurfacing in Colorado, but it has a new look.

No longer do you simply receive an email claiming to be from the representative of a long-lost relative. The new format involves what security experts call the “Accomplice Ploy” in which the thieves attempt to engage you through a long series of queries (one method) reaching out to you as if they know who you might be.

We have developed five questions you should ask about any email or phone call you suspect might be a scam. They are called the 5 indicators of the inheritance scam:

Sileo’s Scam-Detection Questions

1. Were you expecting a windfall?

2. Is it too good to be true?

3. Are you being rushed/threatened?

4. Do they ask for secrecy?

5. Do they request more information?

If you can answer yes to any of these, put up your guard!  Because so many Americans are facing financial problems, an inheritance scam holds a special appeal. When first introduced, the scammers behind the emails were earning more than a million dollars a month.  Don’t let them get any of yours!

John Sileo is an an award-winning author and keynote speaker on identity theft, internet privacy, fraud training & technology defense. John specializes in making security entertaining, so that it works. John is CEO of The Sileo Group, whose clients include the Pentagon, Visa, Homeland Security & Pfizer. John’s body of work includes appearances on 60 Minutes, Rachael Ray, Anderson Cooper & Fox Business. Contact him directly on 800.258.8076.

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Sileo on 9News: Aurora City Council Identity Theft

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By Kevin Torres, 9News

AURORA – Five of Aurora’s most powerful politicians found out how vulnerable they truly are. They’ve joined a long list of people who have fallen victim to identity theft.

The city councilors thought they were alone, until they heard from their colleagues at a council meeting.

“It was kind of a relief when I found it was a council thing and not me personally,” said Councilor Molly Markert.

Markert and four other councilors received bills for items they never even purchased, including electronic devices.

If there was ever an expert on identity theft, John Sileo would certainly be high on the list.

He’s written a few books on the issue and even does work for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.

Sileo says the thief or thieves likely cracked the councilors’ codes by one of two ways.

“It’s either an inside job which is someone got paid to funnel information out, or, the second way is their systems were hacked in to, it’s also very common,” Sileo said.

Read the full Aurora City Council Identity Theft Story.

 

John Sileo is America’s leading keynote speaker on identity theft, social media privacy and trust building. His clients include the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, the FDIC, Pfizer and organizations of all sizes. Learn more at ThinkLikeASpy.com.